Custom Blend Foundation Review: Motives Cosmetics | 2018

Sunday, March 4, 2018

Welcome Back!

I'm here to talk to you today about my experience with Motive Cosmetics, and everything that went along with getting my foundation customized. I met Shauna (of @ShaunaLouise84 on IG) at Resurgence Brewery at a Buffalo Boss Babes pop-up shop! I was there having a few drinks celebrating a friends big move to Seattle when I realized that there were many different booths that were open to shop! Shauna is a graphic designer with extreme talent, and while taking a look at her work, we got to talking about my blog. She mentioned to me that her mom sold cosmetics and blended custom foundations. Without hesitation I asked for her mother's information and got it touch.  I had never heard of anything along the lines of custom foundation, so Kathy and I made plans to meet at her home in West Seneca to get "custom blended".

When I arrived, she took me down into her studio in her basement and sat me down to start the process. She gave options for extra additives like sunscreen, "Hydrator" and "Fringe Benefits".

Hydrator: Helps restore moisture to dehydrated skin, recommended for normal to dry skin. 

Fringe Benefits: locks in moisture and swells the molecular structure of the blend to help plump and diminish the appearance of fine lines and aids in restoring the skins' natural radiance and youthful glow. 

After she explained the additives, I obviously wanted them. As I have mentioned in some of my posts I have normal to combination skin. There were no extra charges for these additives, so it was a no brainer. 

She chose my base color as beige and a drop of ivory. I made a mistake by going there with a fresh spray tan, so we added the bit of the ivory color to make it touch lighter to hopefully match my skin after the spray tan wore off. (I don't get them regularly, so for me it was a mistake. If you get them regularly, you would want to go with a fresh tan to get color matched to the tan!). She then went on to determine the tones in my skin which were green, yellow, and pink (pretty neutral). We decided on a light to medium coverage that could be build-able. She then mixed everything together, applied their primer, and applied a light layer of the foundation with a brush. We were all shocked at how closely she matched it to my skin color. 

Things that really attracted me to this foundation:
Pure Mineral Bases Used
Non-Comedogenic (will not clog pores)
Paraben Free

Overall, it took about 30 minutes or so for the whole appointment. Kathy made me feel comfortable and explained a lot of background information about the company itself. I did not know this going in, but this brand works kind of like an Avon, Mary Kay, as it has a catalogue and can only be purchased through a distributor. The foundation is 45 dollars, and you are given a bottle the size of 30ml, or 1.0 fl oz which is pretty common for foundation. If you bring your bottle to the next visit, you get 5 dollars off you next purchase which would make it 40 dollars for the foundation.

I purchased this foundation on January 27th, and have been wearing often since then to make sure I gave it a fair shot. This foundation matched by skin color beautifully even after the spray tan wore off. The coverage is more on the light side, very sheer and dewy (because we made it that way). I tried it with both a beauty blender, and a brush. The beauty blender soaked up most of the product and it took A LOT, of product to get the coverage I was looking for. The brush was a much better way  to go. It applied the foundation much more evenly and took way less product to do so. This is not a long wearing foundation. It probably lasts about 5-6 hours only, but I personally do not need my foundation to last more than that. If you are looking for fuller coverage, she can definitely do that for you. I'm assuming all she would need to do is take out the some of the additives to make it a bit thicker.

Overall, I would say that this foundation is for more mature skin, as it really helps with fine lines and wrinkles, and has skincare built into it. My skin looks healthy and "glowy" when wearing it. This foundation is perfect for people that have a lot of trouble matching their foundation! Sometimes even in the Sephora or Ulta lighting it can definitely be hard for someone to match you. Another thing that I have found after many years of wearing foundation, is that there is no perfect shade in any foundation for you. Most cosmetic companies focus on undertones, which is what you want, but they can be a little overpowering at times. That's when you run into issues with a foundation being too yellow, or too pink. With this foundation, you will not have that problem.

Locals, if you are interested in getting Kathy's information, feel free to shoot me an email at or send me a message on Instagram. 

As always thanks for reading, 


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